Pipeline Safety

RRC's Oversight & Safety Program, ensuring compliance with safety regulations while promoting public safety & awareness


RRC Launches LoneSTAR for Forms P-5, W-3C, and W-3X Online Filing

July 01, 2024

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) has launched the Railroad Commission State Tracking and Reporting (LoneSTAR) portal allowing operators online filing and record viewing for oil and gas functions.

The first release of LoneSTAR includes:

  • Processes associated with filing a new, renewal, and record-only Form P-5, Organization Report, to become an oil and gas operator or pipeline operator under the jurisdiction of the RRC;
  • Form W-3C, Certification of Surface Equipment Removal for an Inactive Well; and
  • Form W-3X, Extension of Deadline for Plugging an Inactive Well.

Future releases will include other oil and gas and environmental permitting processes.

Operators, who are authenticated users, can log into LoneSTAR to submit applications, and upload other documents for review and approval by the RRC. To become an authenticated user, you must request access to the RRC Access Management Process (RAMP) through your organization’s Delegated Administrator. Each company must designate at least one Delegated Administrator to manage their LoneSTAR authenticated users. The Delegated Administrator can create new users, reset passwords, inactivate accounts, and perform other administrative tasks for their organization’s users. To become a Delegated Administrator, visit the RRC website at https://www.rrc.texas.gov/apps/rrc-ramp/.

Once the Forms P-5, W-3C or W-3X are submitted online, LoneSTAR will generate a print-friendly PDF. All submissions will be available to view in the system. When filing online, payment of fees must be made through the online portal.

While the RRC will continue to accept hard copy filings of the Forms P-5, W-3C and W-3X, operators are strongly encouraged to file online for efficient and timely filing. 

To view the user guide and videos on how to file the Forms P-5, W-3C and W-3X online, visit the RRC website at https://www.rrc.texas.gov/oil-and-gas/rrc-lonestar/.

If you have questions regarding this notice, contact the RRC’s P-5 Financial Assurance section at P5@rrc.texas.gov or 512-463-6772.

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The Oversight and Safety Division has responsibility for Alternative Fuels, Gas Services and Pipeline Safety.  This reorganization in January 2015 will bring even greater efficiency and consistency to these operations within the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC), allowing the agency to better serve the state.

Texas has the largest pipeline infrastructure in the nation, representing about 1/6 of the total pipeline mileage of the entire United States. Texas’ pipelines are divided into the categories of natural gas and LP-gas distribution lines, hazardous liquid and natural gas transmission lines, hazardous liquid and natural gas regulated gathering lines, intrastate production and gathering lines leaving a lease, and interstate lines. The RRC has safety responsibility over the first four categories.

Pipelines that cross between states are considered Interstate and would be under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The PHMSA southwest regional office located in Houston covers Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The Pipeline Safety department works to enforce compliance with federal and state laws and regulations by pipeline operators. These regulatory responsibilities extend to  operators of intrastate gathering, transmission, distribution, and master-metered systems. The RRC  continues to lead the nation in adopting and enforcing safety rules to enhance the integrity of pipelines throughout the state.

Pipeline Safety rules administered by the RRC are adopted in the Texas Administrative Code, containing State specific requirements and incorporates by reference the minimum Federal safety standards for transportation of gas and hazardous liquids by pipeline and liquefied natural gas facilities.

The RRC  also promotes and enforces an underground pipeline damage prevention program for Texas. The Pipeline Safety department is responsible for the enforcement of damage prevention regulations involving the movement of earth (excavation) surrounding pipeline facilities.

The goal of the Pipeline Safety department is to encourage an efficient, economical, and safe pipeline industry; to that end, we oversee pipeline activities to ensure compliance with state and federal safety regulations and promote public safety and awareness.

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